The Venerable Al Fasoldt
Tuesday, April 28: 6:00-6:30 Q&A / 6:30-8:00 p.m. Presentation
DUNHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY, 73 MAIN STREET, WHITESBORO, NY
We are pleased to once again welcome technophile Al Fasoldt as the guest speaker at our April meeting. Al has been at the leading edge of the local technology scene for over 30 years. In the 90’s he was host of Time Warner Cable’s weekly television show “Point ‘n’ Click.” Al is known far and wide for the witty reviews and commentaries he wrote his weekly Technofile column, which was published in the Syracuse Post Standard from 1983 until recently.
If you’ve never heard Al speak before then you’re in for a treat. His talks are entertaining and educational as he delivers his observations about changes taking place in the computing industry. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll be back for more!
Here are some of the topics we will hear about at this month’s meeting:
- Apple’s quality control problems
- Is Microsoft catching up (and will it stumble again)?
- 5 things nobody knows about the iPad
- Is Google overtaking Apple with its Android OS?
- Free-for-all Q&A (as always)
You can read more about Al on his website at www.technofileonline.com, including all of his weekly articles back to 2006.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Working With Photos
Tuesday, January 27: 6:00-6:30 Q&A / 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentation
DUNHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY, 76 MAIN ST, WHITESBORO, NY 13492
Group president Daniel Herrmann presents “Working With Photos.” We will be talking about where you can store your photos if you don’t use a computer, general settings for the camera on iPhone/iPad and the types of pictures you can take, storage on GoogleDrive, WalMart, Flickr and how to get your photos there. Also, for those who use if you have a computer, we’ll offer tips for working with iPhoto, etc.
We look forward to seeing you there!
OS X Yosemite and iOS8
Tuesday, November 25: 6:00-6:30 p.m Q&A / 6:30-8:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
DUNHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY, 76 MAIN ST, WHITESBORO, NY 13492
This month we will be discussing the latest desktop and mobile operating systems from Apple. New operating systems always mean a number of new features, so we will go over the key additions. Are you unsure about whether you should upgrade? In some circumstances it may be better to hold off on upgrading to the latest and greatest OS. We can help you decide if upgrading is the right move for you based on your hardware and needs.
Our annual Christmas party is now just a few weeks away. As you may or may not know, we also hold our election of officers at the December meeting/party. We are always looking for people who would be interested in shaping the future of our organization, so if you have any interest in serving on the board please let us know!
At our September meeting we started using an Apple TV to enhance our meetings with a more interactive, multimedia format. Through the Apple TV members are able to cast (remotely display) the screen on their device to our projector. If a member’s device is malfunctioning we can project the problem on the screen so that other members can see how we diagnose and fix the problem. If you want to share an application or software on your device we can display that on the projector also.
Tuesday, October 28: 6:00-6:30 p.m Q&A / 6:30-8:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
Dunham Public Library, 76 Main St, Whitesboro, NY 13492
Using Apple TV at Meetings
Last meeting we started using an Apple TV to enhance our meetings with a more interactive, multimedia format. Through the Apple TV, members are able to cast (remotely display) the screen on their device to our projector. If a member’s device is malfunctioning we can project the problem on the screen so that other members can see how we diagnose and fix the problem. If you want to share an application or software on your device we can display that on the projector also.
Crowdsourcing the Buyer’s Guide
It’s that time of year again! As it gets closer to Christmas we see a number of special offers and incentives for products we would like to give as gifts or buy for ourselves. Every year we try to help you make informed decisions when it comes to making purchases of computers and mobile devices. If you’re considering making such a purchase then bring all of your questions to the meeting with you. Here are a few you should be thinking about:
1. Is this the right time to purchase a new computer or tablet?
2. Is this the right time to upgrade my phone?
3. How much memory do I need in a new device?
4. What features should I be looking for in a new device?
5. What do you want to use your new device for?
By discussing these decisions as a group, we hope to help you arrive at the right decision for you!
We hope to see you there!
Getting to Know Your Device
Tuesday, September 23: 6:00-6:30 p.m Q&A / 6:30-8:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
How much do you really know about the devices you use every day?
We have assembled a few questions to think about leading up to Tuesday’s meeting. Keep in mind, your device doesn’t have to be an Apple product. It could be an Android tablet, PC or a smart phone other than the iPhone.
- What device and OS do you use most?
- What is your favorite app or one you can’t live without?
- What app/program would you like to learn more about?
- What do you love about your device?
- What frustrates you the most about your device?
Many times we use our devices without knowing much about them. At the very least, knowing a little more about your device can help you or others diagnose problems you’re having. Think about your answers and we’ll give you an opportunity to share them anonymously on note cards at the meeting.
Changes Coming to UAUGtalk.org
At the meeting, we will also announce some changes that we hope will help make UAUGtalk a more valuable resource to members. We’ll fill you in on the changes and demonstrate how to use UAUGTalk.
See you there!
April 23, 2013
At the onset of this evening’s presentation, Dan took a few minutes, to reiterate the new Christmas party “member prize” rules. He also explained that due to a death in the family, Al Fasoldt was unable to attend as originally scheduled, thus necessitating a change in tonight’s program. Instead, tonight’s meeting featured Peter discussing password security applications. Specifically, he demonstrated 1Password.
Peter then began by showing Ellen Degeneres in a humorous, but thought-provoking, YouTube video on password organization. He showed a list of the 25 most popular passwords that are commonly used. This list is available on the internet. He discussed how devious password crackers use computer clusters which are able to guess 350 billion combinations per second.
A handout entitled “Password Dos and Don’ts” was distributed.
Do’s: (from us.norton.com/dos-donts-passwords/article)
•Do use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. Peter explained that crackers are after where the password is stored on your device.
•Do make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long. The more characters the more difficult they are to guess. However, according to MacWorld: “14 is the new 8”.
•Do try to make passwords as meaningless and random as possible.
•Do create different passwords for each account.
• Do change your passwords regularly.
•Don’t use names or numbers associated with you, such as a birth date, nickname or names of close family members.
•Don’t use your user name or actual name in any form as a password.
•Don’t use a solitary word in any language. Hackers have dictionary-based tools to crack these types.
•Don’t use simple passwords like 123456, or the word password.
•Avoid writing passwords down–if you must, keep them safe, and never give them out to anyone, in writing or otherwise
•Don’t answer yes when prompted to save your password to a particular computer’s browser.
In order to meet the challenge of creating unique, random passwords Peter discussed some systems that have been devised to create and remember long passwords. He illustrated several of these on his handout.
Another video, from the writers of Time magazine, suggested ways to create passwords. Peter commented that any system you create isn’t random. “Through 20 years of effort, we’ve successfully trained everyone to use passwords that are hard for humans to remember, but easy for computers to guess,” was the last statement on his handout. In the end, passwords made of at least 14 randomly generated characters using letters, numbers, special characters and varied capitalization are the strongest passwords.
Peter then listed some suggestions for programs that might be used to create longer passwords. These included:
LastPass, DataVault RoboForm, Wallet, Splash IDSafe, mSecure, 1Password, and eWallet.
Before discussing these Peter mentioned that Macs have the Keychain Access application. It is located under Applications > Utilities and it stores passwords for email, websites, servers, network shares, WiFi networks, and encrypted disk images etc.
It includes a difficult-to-access Password helper: Keychain Access > [click + to add password and open the helper window]
Peter mentioned that there is an article in the March 2013 Macworld magazine about keychains. It recommends changing the Login Keychain password. Changing it to something other than your user account password will increase the security of your Mac. Change the login keychain password in the Keychain Access Keychain Viewer. Right-click on the keychain named login and select “Change password for keychain ‘login.'”
Peter then explained that he has been using 1Password by AgileBits.com for a couple of years now to remember and generate secure passwords. Version 4 is available for iOS 6 and version 3 is available for Mac. Using Dropbox, you can sync the password data file between your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac. There is a fully functional 30 day trial version after purchase ($49.99) and a 25% discount for user group members.
Peter opened his 1Password demo by stating that the hardest thing to do is to free one’s mind from thinking that it must remember all the different passwords one has.
Peter then demonstrated how to use 1Password to create a password and remember account information as he created an account on FitDay.com. You should create a strong password for your “master password”. This is the only password you must remember. Then he asked 1Password to generate a password for this site, and then copied and pasted this password into the site so it could be saved. When you start up the 1Password App, it gives you a list of all the sites for which you have saved passwords. He then accessed the FitDay.com account, copied the password, and pasted it into the login form. All of these passwords are sitting on your computer in an encrypted file. There are plug-ins to help you sign up, login and create passwords for Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Dan mentioned that in the UAUGtalk website under member deals > Apple User group deals, the special 25% deal for AgileBit is mentioned in the April 15 User Group Bulletin.
AgileBit License for 1Password- Paul F.
50-50: Dan H.
May 2 – Dave Marra- MugOne Oneonta- Hartwick College -iWork for Mac and iPad presentation
Meetings will continue to begin at 6 even though the Dunham Library custodian has returned.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.
March 26, 2013
The first order of business at tonight’s meeting, was a discussion of meeting times and place. Due to staffing issues, Dunham Library is requiring us to vacate the building at 8 p.m. Peter queried members as to their preferences. Since we have already paid for the use of the Community Room, should we continue meeting at Dunham, start at 6 p.m. and end at 8, or investigate meeting at the New Hartford Library if the dates are available? It was decided to continue at Dunham at the earlier time.
He next explained our decision to institute in May a new policy of issuing a “Member Prize” ticket to all UAUG members at the Christmas Party regardless of their attendance at this event. This prize will be determined at a later date and have a minimum value of $500. Additional tickets would be issued for attending meetings, making a presentation, and/or sponsoring a new member.
Al Fasoldt will be making a presentation at the April 23rd meeting. Members should check their email in case there needs to be a change with the new time format.
Dan then continued with last month’s topic: iPhoto and Photo Stream. He began by asking what questions/concerns members have with iPhoto and distributed a handout entitled “More with iPhoto – Agenda. He then went on to explain that iPhoto 11 is the current version we use. Things we do with it include import, organize, edit, print. Dan then shared a brief video. He reiterated that PhotoStream instantly downloads on all your devices on iCloud.He explained how it works with no syncing, email attachments or file transfers.
If you open iPhoto and hold option key you will get a window asking which library you would like to use. Steps to get started: Connect camera or memory card, drag photos into iPhoto, choose File-Import to Library. If you take a picture with your iPhone or pad, turn on Location Services so the device will automatically know where you took the pic. Dan then explained each of the icons at the bottom of the iPhoto screen. He continued to build a new library and drag pictures from Photo Stream. He selected various photos and copied them to this library and created an event. He showed how to use faces to identify and find photos that a particular person is in.
Places- The window shows where a photo was taken and what type of device it was taken with. You can set up key words and set up a shortcut to use it. Keywords, events, faces, places are ways to identify your libraries. Dan mentioned that you need to decide how you want to use PhotoStream and how it will impact the storage on your device.
Dan went through the preferences for iPhoto including General, Appearance, Sharing PhotoStream, Accounts, and Advanced. He suggested using mail instead of iphoto for sending someone a picture.
Peter cautioned to never import one iPhoto Library into another iPhoto Library. Options: buy Aperture which has the ability to merge two iPhoto libraries, or iPhoto Manager which also has a merge feature, or create a folder on the desktop to export your photos temporarily so you can import them into the iPhoto library where you are consolidating your photos. You will lose some meta data, but all of your photos will be in one place. Dan demonstrated this last method.
If you are updating to a new version of iPhoto, back up first. If you are using Faces, etc. back up also.
$10 Kiki H-$10 itunes card:
50-50: $6- Paul F
The meeting was adjourned at 8 P.M.
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